Official websites use .mil
Secure .mil websites use HTTPS
By Meaghan Dorroh, Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
/ Published September 07, 2018
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Fourteen Security Forces teams from U.S. Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany will be testing their skills in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and grueling combat endurance events as part of the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, to be held Sept. 10-13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas.
The team with the most combined points wins the coveted Defender Challenge Championship Trophy. Great Britain has held the trophy since winning it at the last Defender Challenge in 2004. (Courtesy graphic)
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Security Forces Airmen from across Air Force Space Command train for the Air Force Defender Challenge competition. (U.S. Air Force video by Dave Grim)
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Security Forces Airmen from across Air Force Space Command are expected to compete in the 2018 Defender Challenge at Joint Base San Antonio - Camp Bullis, Texas Sept. 10-13, 2018.
The Defender Challenge, returning after a 14-year hiatus, is a competition amongst 14 Security Forces teams from Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany. The contest aims to develop more lethal and capable security forces Airmen, as well as provide familiarization with U.S.coalition partner operations.
The AFSPC team is comprised of Airmen from each wing - Tech. Sgt. Sinjen Halsey, 21st Security Forces Squadron and team captain; Tech. Sgt. Spencer Wallace, 50th SFS; Senior Airman Leopoldo Ruiz, 30th SFS; Senior Airman James Strohmeier, 21st SFS; Senior Airman Nicholas Rauch, 460th SFS; Airman 1st Class Eric Knierim, 30th SFS; and Airman 1st Class Oscar Delgado, Jr., 45th SFS.
Team members arrived at Peterson Air Force Base Sept. 1, 2018, to begin a seven-day training program. Room clearing simulations, land navigation exercises and firearms training filled their schedules, topped off by a 60 pound ruck march up the 2,744 step Manitou Incline hiking trail, at a 2,000 foot elevation gain.
Follow the Defender Challenge team's progress in San Antonio at https://www.facebook.com/AirForceSpaceCommand/.